Museum, Theatre and Studio Arts Facilities

The Case for New Facilities

Hamilton’s arts programs are inclusive, and that makes them distinctive. Their purpose is not merely to develop the talents of students who major in and plan careers in these fields; it is also to integrate creative work and performance fully into learning and life on the Hill.

But many of these programs have outgrown their homes. Scattered across campus in locations that include Minor Theater (built in 1872 as a library) and the basement of Dunham Hall (where art studios are tucked away below student housing), facilities are cramped and obsolete. Studios double as workshops; storage space is carved out of corridors; technology is dated.

Just as important, the isolation and sprawl of arts programs and facilities across the campus contradicts two of the modern College’s most fundamental academic values: the richness of interdisciplinary exchange and the importance of sustained, personal student-faculty collaboration.

In the last decade, Hamilton has undertaken major improvements to its science and social science facilities. The results are dramatic: the Science Center and the expanded, modernized Kirner-Johnson Building. We have clear evidence that those new facilities are now helping the College to attract, enroll and retain more top students.

Driven by the same commitment to academic distinction and coming generations of students, we are turning together to the visual arts, theatre and gallery – creating new spaces that respond both to new needs and to the College’s abiding values.

Hamilton’s facilities of the near future will offer a flexible, creative environment for arts departments and programs. It will be an environment that is accessible to all students, one that helps the College continue to draw the very best students and faculty, and one that revitalizes the crucial connections among learning, performance and imagination on the Hill.